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BP and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers join forces to boost UK skills

Published:  31 January, 2017

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and BP have agreed to work together to support BP engineers access training and work towards professional registration.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, BP will encourage its engineers to join the Institution, undertake training and attend events designed to develop the wider interests of professional engineers.

Jon Hilton, president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, commented:

“This agreement sets out a clear path to boost engineers’ skills. By working together we can ensure BP engineers access the best training available. Professional registration with the Institution, as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician, as well as the training the Institution offers, provides independent verification of skills. This gives both customers and employers confidence in the high level of professional competency and compliance.”

Ian Cummins, head of BP upstream engineering, added: “Professional Accreditation is an expectation of all BP Engineers. The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding represents a significant milestone in the development of BP's relationship with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. It will help BP engineers across the world achieve Professional Accreditation with the Institution in an efficient and timely manner.”

In order to support professional registration, the Institution offers the Monitored Professional Development Scheme, which is a development programme to help graduates over their initial period of professional development, ahead of professional registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer. The Institution also provides support to apprentices and technicians who are qualified and experienced to apply for EngTech level Professional Registration.

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